Celtic news – Lennon targeted with parcel bomb, Kilmarnock v Celtic team news, Maloney faces tough task

Lennon targeted with parcel bomb.

According to the Press and Journal, Strathclyde police have launched an investigation after parcel bombs were sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon, a lawyer and a politician.

A package addressed to Lennon was intercepted at a Royal Mail sorting office in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire on March 26. Parcels for Trish Godman, who is stepping down as West Renfrewshire MSP, and one for Paul McBride, a lawyer who has represented Celtic and Lennon recently, were also intercepted.

The packages were originally thought to have been a hoax but a closer inspection has revealed they could have worked.

Earlier this year packages containing bullets were sent to Lennon and Celtic players Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn, all three of whom are from Northern Ireland.

Scottish politicians have expressed their shock at the developments.

Kilmarnock v Celtic team news.

Celtic will be missing Joe Ledley for Wednesday´s match with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, the Welsh midfielder having suffered a hamstring injury in the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday.

Cha Du-Ri is still out with an ankle injury whilst Glenn Loovens is doubtful with a hamstring strain. The good news is that defender Daniel Majstorovic is available again following a broken toe.

Manuel Pascali returns from suspension for Kilmarnock, but Mehdi Taouil, Frazer Wright, Scott Evans and Mohamadou Sissoko are all out. James Dayton has recovered from his cruciate ligament injury and could make the bench.

Celtic (from): Forster, Wilson, Mulgrew, Rogne, Loovens, Izaguirre, Brown, Maloney, Kayal, Ki, McCourt, Commons, Stokes, Hooper, Samaras, Murphy, Majstorovic, Forrest, Zaluska, Ljungberg, Juarez.

Kilmarnock (from): Jaakkola, Clancy, Fowler, Hamill, Bryson, Silva, Eremenko, Gros, Agard, Hay, Rui Miguel, Aubameyang, Berntsson, Kelly, McKenzie, Kennedy, Dayton, Letheren.

Maloney faces tough task.

Celtic winger Shaun Maloney admits he faces a tough task to force his way into Neil Lennon´s starting XI for Sunday´s Old Firm game at Ibrox, although he hopes to be involved at some point in tonight´s game at Kilmarnock.

Maloney had four months on the sidelines with an ankle injury he picked up against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in November, but made his comeback in last week´s 1-0 one over St Mirren.

“There is going to be huge competition for the Rangers game,” the 28-year-old told the Scottish Sun, “but fingers crossed I’ll be in the squad.

“Winning the league is what drives you on. That’s the aim of the team and the club.

“At the start of the season, the gaffer sat us down and reminded us winning the title is what we are here to do,” he added.

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